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When someone refers to manipulating graphical elements in a photo, wallpaper, background, etc. and they say they "vectored" something or that something in an object is a "vector"... what the holy fuck are they talking about?

I've never seen that word used that way and suddenly it seems it's being used to refer to something very specific that I just don't get.

Are these fuckers referring to putting a dark line around something? I've seen people refer to posterizing things as "vectoring" theme.... which is a goofy and pretty incorrect use. Is this just more of the same?

I'm old and I don't understand. Help me.

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maddening
Jul. 25th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
See, I'm used to the concept of mathmatically based/manipulated graphics. Some of the earliest "computer graphics" you saw in movies were "vector graphics". So what you described is basically what I think of when I think of vectoring.

But this is coming from kids making wallpapers in anime communities. Like... they cut out an image of a person from a still and place it on a background and play around with a bunch of brushes in Photoshop. And they're referring to whatever they did to the image cut out as "vectoring". The only thing I actually see that has any consistency is a dark, hardline around the figure. These kids are just using Photoshop...these aren't traditional vector graphics and they certainly aren't creating these images on their own (beyond MAYBE using some custom made brushes in photoshop).

I dunno. I'm pretty sure this isn't a case of the specific replacing the general...but I can't figure out where this came from either. And searching turns up the correct (mathematically based) usage and not this usage.
punkalicia
Jul. 25th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
yeah, those would be kids who have NO idea wtf they are talking about.

now, it's possible that they converted the image to a vector, for scaling...but you'd probably be able to tell.

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